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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Will Adult Autism Care Issues Be Considered During #nbvotes 2014?

New Brunswick election 2014 is underway with the NDP, Liberal, Green and PANB parties going all out to replace the PC party.  Party signs are proliferating around the city of Fredericton. The Liberal Party kicked off big time in Fredericton with special guest federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and provincial leader Brian Gallant. It was a lively, well organized event and the optimism was clear. I enjoyed my brief chat with the charming greeting ladies pictured outside the Fredericton Ex building.  In a general sense I enjoy elections, I firmly believe, despite the many legitimate bases for criticism that (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Congrats to Danielle Takacs, new LPC candidate for Brantford-Brant

I had the great privilege and honour to be in Brantford last evening for the nomination of my good friend Danielle Takacs; she is now the Liberal candidate for the riding of Brantford-Brant. My fellow blogger Jeff Jedras has also done a blogpost on Danielle which he listed all of her extensive accomplishments she has already done and still a part of, so I won’t go into that list – you may read them at your leisure over at his site. Rather, I’ll mention that it was an amazing night, with an overflow crowd of 100 – I’ll admit, we (Read more…)

A BCer in Toronto: Danielle Takacs is the Liberal candidate for Brantford-Brant

It was great to join over 100 Liberals on Thursday evening as my friend Danielle Takacs was nominated as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate in her hometown of Brantford. There was a palpable energy in the room, and a sense that with hope and hard work anything is possible in 2015. The number of friends and dignitaries on hand was a testament of the commitment and hard work that Danielle has put in with the Liberal Party and in her community over the years. A number of nominated candidates and nomination contestants were on hand, such as Anne Tennier (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: If LPC anticipates early election call, let’s get candidates nominated sooner, not later

The story in the Star yesterday – the Liberals are preparing for Harper to call an early Spring election, much earlier then he needs to:

Trudeau told reporters the Liberals are preparing for the possibility that Prime Minister Stephen Harper may call an election much earlier than October 2015, the legislated date for the next federal vote.“Mr. Harper has not once followed his own fixed-election-date law in the setting of elections, so I think it’s only prudent to try and make sure that we’re going to be ready,” Trudeau told reporters.

I agree with that sentiment, and that is (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Interview with David Graham, LPC nomination contestant Laurentides-Labelle

I had the chance over the weekend to chat with David Graham, nomination contestant for Laurentides-Labelle. I’ve talked about David before – at this blogpost back in January – but this post today is an interview with David – the same as I’ve been doing with other LPC or LPCO candidates this summer, where I ask them five questions. David will be my first interview with someone running outside the province of Ontario.

———— 1) For those who haven’t visited your website yet, can you tell our readers why you’ve decided to run for the nomination?

Because we can do (Read more…)

A BCer in Toronto: Preparing Liberal activists to communicate to win in 2015

This blog is cross-posted from my LPC(O) vice-president, communications web site. Please visit there to learn more about my campaign.

I first considered seeking the position of vice-president, communications of the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) in February during the national biennial in Montreal. I boarded the train home considering the challenges we face as a party, and by the time we pulled into Scarborough it was clear to me what I wanted to accomplish: give our Liberal members, supporters and volunteers across Ontario the training and resources we need to communicate and win in 2015.

There are many responsibilities (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: The Blog Days of Summer

Yes, I’m still here.. or the blog is. I’m waiting on a couple of interview submissions to some LPC nominees/candidates that have gotten delayed… and I’m waiting on writing another blogpost for a nomination race – hopefully the end of this week.

To be honest, I can’t wait until Parliament resumes.. as there will be much more juicy material to write on. Municipal elections also come up in October- and while I don’t write on them often, I’ve reason to this time.. I’ve already mentioned I’ve endorsed a couple of candidates for city council (Dan Fox in Ward 24 and (Read more…)

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta NDP should embrace an Urban Agenda

TweetToday is the deadline to enter the Alberta New Democratic Party leadership race. With 3 candidates having already entered the race, Edmonton-Calder MLA David Eggen, Edmonton-Strathcona MLA Rachel Notley and labour activist Rod Loyola, the Alberta NDP are having their first contested leadership race since 1996. Advice I would offer to the next leader of the NDP (and the […]

The Progressive Right: Jason Cherniak for the Liberal Party Nomination, Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill ( #lpc #cdnpoli )

It’s an exciting day to be a Liberal and to be a Liberal blogger. If you’re at all familiar with Canadian political blogging, then you recognize Jason Cherniak’s name.

I’ve met Jason several times in the course of my blogging days. When I joined the Liberal Party, I had the great fortune seeing Jason advocate for many progressive policies  - most recently, the proposal for a national transit strategy. He is always committed to seeing policy debated and driven to see progressive policy accepted by the party.

In the blogging realm, Jason founded Liblogs – the blog aggregator you may (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Danielle Takacs for the Liberal Party Nomination, Brant ( #lpc #cdnpoli )

I do not often blog about Brant politics, but when I do, it’s to support Danielle Takacs and her bid to secure the Liberal nomination in the riding.

Danielle is a community leader and a passionate Liberal. I’ve had the opportunity to meet her and hear her speak on the issues. As an advocate for the protection of Class 1 farmland in Ontario, I appreciate Danielle’s firm support for Canada’s farmers and the sustainability of Canada’s local farmers.

If that weren’t enough, she’s a tireless advocate for veterans, Aboriginal rights, and strengthening local economies.

Danielle is a former Liberal (Read more…)

A BCer in Toronto: I’m running for LPC(O) vice-president communications

I am excited to announce I have decided to seek the position of vice-president, communications of the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario).

There is tremendous opportunity for our party to move forward and accomplish great things for Canadians under our new leader, Justin Trudeau, but he can’t do it alone. He’s the hope — we’re the hard work.

Like many of you, I have watched with concern and frustration at the growing disengagement of Canadians with federal politics — a trend encouraged and exploited by the Harper government. I believe we can and must reverse this trend, and it begins (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Ontario election: OK, that didn’t really work … can we get back to being New Democrats now?

Ontario’s victorious Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne last summer. Below: Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.

Well! That didn’t work out quite as well as we’d hoped, did it? Can we get back to being New Democrats now?

I speak, of course, of the results of last night’s Ontario provincial election – in which it seems to me from my vantage point out here on the Great Plains that there are lessons in the vote for New Democrats in the west and the New Democrats in Ottawa too.

I realize that the great Canadian tradition of (Read more…)

264MHz: The Power Plant Scandal by the Numbers

The most quoted number for the cost of the Ontario Liberals moving two natural gas power plants away from urban locations in order to win a few more seats is $1.1 billion dollars.

If you look at the Auditor General reports that the number is based on you can see that the much of the 1.1 billion dollar cost would still be needed even if the plants would built in their new locations in the first place, as the NDP and Conservatives claim they would have done if they where in government at the time.

This cost breakdown (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Nancy Leblanc for Parkdale-High Park! ( #onpoli #olp )

Congratulations are in order for fellow blogger, Nancy Leblanc, who will be the Ontario Liberal candidate for the riding of Parkdale-High Park in the next provincial election. Her nomination becomes official on May 7th!

My endorsement should come as no surprise.

Nancy is a committed Liberal, a committed progressive activist, and the residents of the riding will be well-served by a great candidate like Nancy.

Her campaign website is at NancyLeblanc.ca.

Congratulations once again!

Babel-on-the-Bay: Wrong again, Justin Trudeau.

Even in Julius Caesar’s day, the Rubicon was a very shallow river. Caesar’s legion waded across. Justin Trudeau dives in and ends up looking silly.

When writing about the metaphorical Rubicon that young Trudeau faced in Toronto’s Trinity-Spadina riding, we were talking about his relationship with the Liberal Party. Instead of listening to the party, he is getting things screwed up even worse.

Instead of meeting with Christine Innes to resolve the questions about her candidacy, he gets pictures in the newspapers inviting Toronto Councillor Adam Vaughan to run for the Liberals in that riding. This is not solving the (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Does Harper have to show you how Justin?

No Justin, you do not have to listen to some cranky left-wing liberal from the boonies of Ontario. When we first met four years ago, you were as easy to read as an open book. You had a direction and you were on your way. And we wish you well. Do not get us wrong on that. You are going to be the next Prime Minister of Canada. All you have to do is keep your word and be yourself.

There are two current problems with this. The first is keeping your word to the Liberal Party about open nominations (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: A Liberal Party Mess in the Making

A man of principle

This is a mess. Justin Trudeau and his advisors had better get on to this debacle post haste, reveal all the facts and communications, and make sure the principle of open nominations is adhered to. If we start retreating from opennes and transparency before the election is here, we will not form the next government. And congratulations to Zach Paikin for taking a principled stand (my underlining): But a letter sent to Innes by Liberal national election readiness chief David MacNaughton and obtained by the CBC has suggested the move may have been driven by a (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Thank You to the Liberal Party ( #lpc #lib14)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Liberal Party of Canada for accrediting me to cover their biennial convention in Montreal. As both a delegate and a blogger, I enjoyed myself immensely at the convention.

A BCer in Toronto: 2014 Liberal biennial photo album

A few shots from last weekend’s Liberal Party of Canada biennial convention in Montreal.

2014 Liberal Biennial, a set on Flickr.

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A BCer in Toronto: #SelfiesWithBroadhurst — The definitive retrospective from #lib14

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Bill Longstaff: Andrew Leslie’s troubling views on defence policy

Andrew Leslie, former Canadian forces commander in Afghanistan, now adviser to Liberal Party chief Justin Trudeau, has been busy recently defending his $72,000 moving expense, particularly from attack by the Conservatives. Apparently the expense was within appropriate guidelines, so I have no intention of joining in that quibbling.

I am, however, concerned about his views on defence policy,

The Progressive Right: Priority Policy 159 – Fracking ( #lib14 #lpc #NoPickeringAirport )

Another priority resolution I’m interested in following is Resolution 159 – Fracking.

There is some conjecture that the reason the federal Conservative government is keen on developing the airport lands to allow for the fast tracking of a fracking project.

We’ll see.

The Progressive Right: Interview with Brian Rice ( #lib14 #lpc #cdnpoli )

Brian is well known to many members of the Liberal Party. He has toured the country delivering electoral district association training. His message is to build strong riding associations to ensure an electoral success.

He will endeavour to continue touring the country – if he’s in a riding, he’ll deliver his training program. His plan is to formalize the training program as a function within the party. Again, he reiterated the strength of the party lies in the strength of local riding associations.

We spoke about past presidents talking to the media – he will not address the media without (Read more…)

A BCer in Toronto: The bloggers meet Broadhurst: On the economy, 3000+ attendees and #selfieswithbroadhurst

Our contingent of bloggers had a wide-ranging briefing this morning in with Liberal Party of Canada national director Jeremy Broadhurst – you may know him from the popular new Twitter meme, #SelfiesWithBroadhurst. Lets start with a few stats. About eight or nine bloggers have been accredited to the 2014 biennial – its unknown how many are Conservative spies. Some six Senators registered, so watch out for them, NDP spies. There were 2500 delegates pre-registered when online registration was closed, and more will register on site. As off last night, over 2000 were on site. For last night only, local Liberals (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Day One Recap + Jeremy Broadhurst Bloggers’ Briefing ( #lib14 #lpc #cdnpoli )

Yesterday, the convention opened with a conversation about the economy between Toronto Centre MP Chystia Freeland and Larry Summers. An interesting discussion about the importance of the health of the middle class being the core principle to maintaining the economy. Mr. Summers made mention that this is more important than protecting the banks – it’s likely true, but our banks are not at risk of failing the same way as American banks are due to a lack of vigorous regulation down south.

The theme of this convention will be the economy. Panels will be focused on reviewing economic growth and (Read more…)